The Maker Sessions, Series 2

Session #4: DIY Photo Tips and Booth Critiques

It is that time again-- Another Maker Session is right around the corner! 

The April 6th panel will have local photographer, Tommy Canter, showing us how to build and use a simple DIY photo booth to photograph your amazing products. Then we have a presentation by the wonderful Beth Knorr from Countryside Conservancy explaining how to jazz up applications for things like food, soap and candles. We have also invited our friends from Handmade Arcade to join us and give a presentation on making your vending booths as stellar as possible! We then will have a booth critique over some of YOUR booths. 

You may have noticed that we will be starting a little earlier for this session. We are working in conjunction with one of several free Knights Art Challenge Event information sessions that are taking place around the city this week. This is a perfect fit since Kyle Kutuchief from the Knight Foundation sat our on panel a week prior to discuss Knight Art Challenge, and now you can learn from some former Knight Arts winners as you develop your own idea.

Join the Knight Foundation for a conversation on the Knight Arts Challenge with former winners Theron Brown of the Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival and Manju Rastogi of DAWN, an arts project for and by Bhutanese Women. Learn more about the challenge, which offers funding for the best ideas for the arts, and get tips on applying.  

Food will be out at 5:30, their presentation will begin at 6:00pm and end just in time for the Maker Session panel discussion!

Meet our presenters!

Meet Tommy Canter, our Photo Booth expert! Tommy holds two Bachelor of Fine Art’s in Photography and Graphic Design from the renowned Myers School of Art. He is an Eagle Scout and avid camper. Design and photography have been a passion of his ever since he won 2nd place in a city wide art contest in first grade. His love for landscape, portraiture, and product photography is unrivaled. He prides himself in working through issues and finding solutions to problems, both technical and creative.

Beth Knorr has spent the majority of her adult life working in the local food and farming realm, inhabiting various roles such as organic vegetable farmer, farmers’ market manager, and local food business owner.  Her varied and extensive experience has led to her involvement with local, state and national organizations where she advocates for policies which support small scale and sustainable farmers, vibrant farmers' markets, healthful food access, and an improved quality of life through food. 

Finally, we have the founding member of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's oldest and largest independent craft show, giving pointers to make your booth the best it can be! Beyond her work at HA, Al also enjoys soup, cats, bad TV, walking and making odd thinks from plastic canvas!

Whether your ambition is towards a hobby that pays for itself, a professional operation that is your livelihood--or something in between--these Maker Sessions will give you practical and usable tools to help you protect, produce, and thrive!


Registration and snacks will take place from 5:30-7pm, and the program will begin in the Museum Auditorium at 7pm with a panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience. Make sure to check out the Knight Arts Challenge info session in the Museum lobby at 6:00, or stroll the galleries and current exhibitions Please Touch and Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose 


The Maker Sessions are made possibly by the generous support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Akron Art Museum.